Harold Goldie WITCOMBE

Regimental number178
Place of birthLaunceston Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressEmu Bay Road, Deloraine, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinUncle, Ronald Horne, 30 Dry Stret, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date13 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name3rd Field Company Engineers, Headquarters, Section 1, Section 2 and Section 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 22 September 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while reconnoitring a road for artillery. Accompanied only by a N.C.O., he rushed a party of twenty of the enemy with a machine gun, killing two and capturing the remainder and the gun. He then returned for his party, and made the road good for artillery. He behaved splendidly.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal